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Warmest oceans on record Could Set Off a Year of Extreme Weather

The world’s seas are simmering, with record high temperatures spurring worry among forecasters that the global warming effect may generate a chaotic year of extreme weather ahead.

Odds of El Nino forming this winter rises to 70 percent

An El Niño watch was issued in the latest outlook from NOAA, indicating an increasing chance for El Niño conditions to develop later this year.

NOAA — Possibility of El Niño by winter ‘nearing 50 percent’

The El Niño weather pattern, associated with warmer and wetter weather than usual that may give rise to damaging conditions, could emerge by the 2018-19 Northern Hemisphere winter.

Largest mass child sacrifice event may be tied to El Nino

Around 550 years ago, members of the Chimu empire, whose lands encompassed a stretch of desert coast in northern Peru, gathered more than 140 children and 200 baby llamas on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and slaughtered them all.

Widespread melting of West Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf documented

Large-scale melting of snow and ice on Antarctica's massive Ross Ice Shelf, brought on by an unusually warm stretch of weather in the austral summer of 2015-2016, has been documented for the very first time, according to a new study.

Milestone global carbon dioxide level reached — 410 PPM

Some records are just not meant to be broken. However, global carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have continued their relentless climb ever since reaching 400 PPM in 2013, and now, we have actually passed the 410 PPM mark.

El Nino conditions fueling torrential rains and flooding in Peru

Lima - The most recent record-tying El Nino that ended in the spring of 2016 left behind enough of a warm water bulge to ensure this year's La Nina failed to develop - But it does set the stage for El Nino conditions, as Peru is experiencing now.

Chance of an El Niño weather pattern returning in 2017 is 50/50

The National Weather Service released its monthly ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecast on Thursday, showing that there's increasing odds of El Niño returning in late summer or early fall this year.

2016 is still on track to be the hottest year ever

While October's temperatures were warm, the month merely tied for the third warmest October on record. But looking at the overall temperature increases for the year, 2016 is still on track to be the hottest year ever, say federal meteorologists.

NASA scientists: A strange thing is happening in the stratosphere

Greenbelt - For 60 years, scientists have watched the wind circulation patterns in the stratosphere, that stretch of the atmosphere that extends about 10 to 30 miles above the Earth. And in all that time, they have remained the same, that is, until late in 2015.

El Nino officially gone — We can 'stick a fork in it, it's done'

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) nicknamed it "Godzilla," an apt moniker for the super-sized El Nino that has heated up the globe for the past 15 months. But finally, we can say, "Good-by and good riddance."

50 million in Africa face starvation from El Niño droughts

Crop failure on the African continent is worsening and upwards of 50 million people are facing a severe shortage of food. As a result there could be mass starvation.

Venezuela extends two-day workweek as energy crisis continues

Caracas - Venezuela's president has extended the two-day workweek for public employees for two more weeks, citing the lack of rainfall and blaming the crisis on El Nino.

El Nino's impact is not over as it's sibling looms — Part 1

The current El Nino weather phenomenon which began last year has affected 60 million people worldwide, leaving many countries in desperate need of assistance. But even as El Nino begins to weaken, we are not out of the woods yet.

Severe dry spell parches Asian farmlands

Bangkok - The severe drought now ravaging across Asia is taking a heavy toll on crops as the region desperately needs water to irrigate parched farmlands.

CO2 levels are exploding as world tries to curb emissions

U.S. government meteorologists have reported that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere increased at a record pace in 2015, raising concerns over one of the world's top greenhouse gases and its effects on global warming.

Chile salmon farms lose 23 million fish due to toxic algae bloom

An ongoing and deadly toxic algae bloom off the coast of Chile, the world's second largest salmon exporter, has sent the country's salmon industry into a tailspin.

Fewer sea lion pup standings this year — They are already dead

In Chile and California this year, sea lion pup strandings are down significantly from last year, but this is actually bad news. The youngsters aren't washing ashore hungry, sick and disorientated because most of them are dead.

Perfect conditions allow Death Valley to erupt in vivid color

Death Valley - Perfect conditions have led to a burst of colorful wildflowers in Death Valley National Park in Central California this month. The usually barren landscape has been transformed into a palette of vivid colors.

Breadbasket of Africa is empty as severe drought continues

Surrounded by diamond fields, villagers in Eastern Zimbabwe are starving as their world turns to red dust. They are not alone in their desperation, as the country continues to suffer under the ravages of the worst El Nino in nearly two decades.

El Nino surprise — 'Sin ship' emerges from watery grave

Almost 80 years ago, the SS Monte Carlo's anchor lost its hold during a storm and the ship ended up on a beach near Coronado Shores, California. No one claimed the converted oil tanker because the ship was a "sin ship," and illegal.

Winter storm dumps 4.3 billion gallons of water into Lake Tahoe

Truckee - A Monday storm brought a bit of drought-relief to California's parched Lake Tahoe by dumping 4.3 billion gallons, boosting the lake's level almost two inches, said Tim Bardsley, a National Weather Service hydrologist.

Op-Ed: Trending environmental issues that will affect the world in 2016

The climate meeting in Paris this month ended with a pact agreed upon by nearly 200 countries to curb greenhouse gas emissions. But with climate change already impacting the world, what trending issues should we be watching in 2016?

Latest El Nino predictions for December through March 2016

If you're living someplace that hasn't felt the effects of the strongest El nino on record, wait a bit and you will. With new satellite observations, scientists are now seeing the distribution of rains, ozone and wildfires around the globe.

Monstrous El Nino is now the largest ever recorded

In mid-November, El Nino set a record for warm temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, and it has not let up as the climate system continues to strengthen, creating havoc with weather patterns around the globe.

Op-Ed: Nice little planet — Financial review

The Federal Reserve published the minutes of the last FOMC meeting and earlier today, 3 more Fed policymakers said they support a rate hike in December.

Death Valley's 1,000-year-floods — A preview of El Nino's wrath?

Death Valley - California's Death Valley National Park endured torrential rains in October this year, making it the wettest month on record. The hard-hitting storms and weather system were responsible for the 1,000-year-flood event that followed.

South African drought follows last year's third driest season

The South African Weather Service reported on Tuesday that the country's diverse farming sector has already been hit hard by a drought that follows on the heels of the 2014-2015 season, making it the driest since 1991-1992.

Flowers bloom in the Earth's driest place — The Atacama desert

Atacama - Something spectacular has happened in South America this year. The Atacama desert of Chile, known as the driest non-polar place in the world, erupted in bloom, not once, but twice over the past year, a phenomenon never before seen.

Poisonous sea snakes wash ashore in southern California

The effects of El Nino on the western coast of the U.S. are already being felt as southern California drivers contend with torrential rains and rivers of mud. But El Nino has also given Californians another surprise, poisonous sea snakes.
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Five-month running mean of the SST deviation for NINO.3 predicted by JMA s El Niño prediction model...
Five-month running mean of the SST deviation for NINO.3 predicted by JMA's El Niño prediction model (JMA/MRI-CGCM2). Red dots indicate observed values, and boxes indicate predictions. Each box denotes the range where the value will be included with the probability of 70%.
A powerful weather system on Sunday  October 18  2015 dropped nearly three inches of rain in five ho...
A powerful weather system on Sunday, October 18, 2015 dropped nearly three inches of rain in five hours, triggering a 1,000-year flood event that battered historic structures, roads and utilities in Grapevine Canyon around Scotty's Castle and elsewhere in the park.
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The yellow-bellied sea snake  Pelamis Platurus  can reach lengths up to 45 inches.
The yellow-bellied sea snake, Pelamis Platurus, can reach lengths up to 45 inches.
Beaches in the NE Pacific are responsive to known ocean-atmospheric variability events such as the 3...
Beaches in the NE Pacific are responsive to known ocean-atmospheric variability events such as the 3-7 year El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the longer term 20-30 year Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). These events affect regional climate as well as wind, wave, and water level regimes that, in turn, cause changes in beach-dune geomorphology.
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Data collected Feb. 28 – March 12  2017  by the U.S./European Jason-3 satellite show near-normal o...
Data collected Feb. 28 – March 12, 2017, by the U.S./European Jason-3 satellite show near-normal ocean surface heights in green, warmer areas in red and colder areas in blue. Ocean surface height is related in part to its temperature, and thus is an indicator of how much heat is stored in the upper ocean.
Sea temperatures as of Sept. 1  2015
Sea temperatures as of Sept. 1, 2015
Sea lion being treated after rescue.
Sea lion being treated after rescue.
Ecstasy rare bloom season in the Atacama desert
Ecstasy rare bloom season in the Atacama desert
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East Pacific satellite map
LA River near downtown LA during drought in 2014. The concrete-lined river is on the left of the pho...
LA River near downtown LA during drought in 2014. The concrete-lined river is on the left of the photo.
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A crew constructed an Ice Road to the North Haven Resort on Utik Lake in Northern Manitoba in 2011. ...
A crew constructed an Ice Road to the North Haven Resort on Utik Lake in Northern Manitoba in 2011. The resort is over 200 miles from the nearest all season road and winter is the only time to bring in bulk goods. The road is constructed almost entirely over lakes!
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Frosts have destroyed vital crops in Papua New Guinea s highlands.
Frosts have destroyed vital crops in Papua New Guinea's highlands.
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Los Angeles River
Los Angeles River
Wildflowers bloom in Death Valley.
Wildflowers bloom in Death Valley.
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